Category Archives: Personalities

STEM Guyana team returns from Washington DC: Placed 10th against 164 other countries

First Lady Sandra Granger (third from right) as she joins in the celebration with the STEM Guyana team.

other Government officials, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, after fierce competition at the recently concluded First Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.

The young Guyanese team comprising Ryan Benschop (team captain), Anthony Frank, Arianna Mahase, Christopher Nelson, Sahief Poese and Vevekeanand Ramnarace, alongside Team Manager Farnaz Baksh; Coach Ricky Chan; and Public Relations Officer Horace Mosley placed 10th after battling against 164 other countries from around the globe.   Continue reading

A Tribute to Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park- R.I.P.

Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, dies of suspected suicide at age 41

Police say that the singer, who struggled with substance abuse, is suspected to have killed himself in a private residence in Los Angeles County    Chester Bennington: Linkin Park’s singer soothed the angst of millions

Police have confirmed that Chester Bennington, the lead singer of band Linkin Park, has died.

His death at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County at approximately 9am Thursday morning was confirmed by the coroner and is being treated as a suspected suicide.

Bennington, who was 41 years old, joined the group in 1999 and became a household name the year after with the release of the band’s debut album Hybrid Theory, which was nominated for a Grammy award for best rock album. Their second album, Meteora, has sold over 27m units and the band collaborated with Jay-Z for 2004 EP Collision Course.     [VIDEOS BELOW] Continue reading

Guyana Cultural Association of New York – GCA Award recipients 2017

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2017 GCA AWARDS INTRODUCTION

The tableau present in the body of the 2017 Guyana Cultural Association of New York Award recipients shows foundational, connecting human activity. The indigenous characteristics are multiple centuries old, and in modern-day light, dispel the colonial lies with their truthful substance. Guyanese have a magnificent cultural grounding. It is evident in the initiatives and accomplishments of the Awardees who demonstrate creativity and distinctiveness. We acknowledge and commend their successes in four designations: GCA Youth Award; GCA Award; GCA Exemplary Award and GCA Lifetime Achievement Award.    Continue reading

Nothing About the Trump Presidency is Normal. Keep Remembering That – Francine Prose | The Guardian UK

Nothing About the Trump Presidency is Normal. Keep Remembering That

 Francine Prose | The Guardian UK

In the past six months most – if not all – of us have gone on with our lives. And inevitably, an updated version of normality has evolved, a ‘new normal’

Right after the November 2016 election, one often heard the promise, by Donald’s Trump’s opponents, never to allow his presidency to become normalized, to seem acceptable or routine.

Every day brings a barrage of bizarreness: the latest tweets, scandals, displays of bad manners, rumours of White House feuds and revelations about the Russians.      Continue reading

I Hope I Get Old Before I Die: Anti-ageism analysis- by Ashton Applewhite

I Hope I Get Old Before I Die – by Ashton Applewhite

Trying to stay young isn’t just futile: it’s also bad for you. Here’s how to think about aging in the era of ultra longevity.

In the 20th century, thanks largely to clean water and antibiotics, the American lifespan increased by 30 years. Who doesn’t want even more, if new technologies like gene editing and nanomedicine can safely put them within our grasp? As Neo.life describes it, it’s the most important story today: “how biology and technology are coming together to help us all live healthier, happier, and longer lives.”

But the challenge for all of us, no matter our age, is to not frame it as an “anti-aging” story. Here’s a pro-aging take on each of those modifiers — healthier, happier, and longer lives — starting with life extension itself.

Read more: https://medium.com/neodotlife/ashton-applewhite-4172939148cd

Why Has The Conservative Class Become So Dependent on the Politics of Race? – Joumanah El Matrah | The Guardian

Why Has The Conservative Class Become So Dependent on the Politics of Race?

Joumanah El Matrah | The Guardian Australia Edition

Conservative ideology does not require racism and yet it is increasingly being viewed as part of its intellectual framework and its branding

There is a theory of race which argues that the concept is a myth, created to justify imperialism as it looted global resources and enslaved entire populations. People had to be categorised as less human and civilised to make the horror of colonisation possible.

The idea that race is a falsehood created to serve broader economic interests has never really entered mainstream political thought nor has it featured prominently in anti-racism work. I suspect this is partly due to the theory’s failure to adequately speak to the violence, harm and suffering that the construct of race has inflicted, and continues to inflict to this day.      Continue reading

Book: Red Coconut: Bridging the Racial Divide – by Habeeb Alli

Red Coconut: Bridging the Racial Divide

A Collection of Poems and Essays Surrounding Interfaith Relationships

Synopsis

I present to you my eighteenth book entitled Red Coconut: Bridging the Racial Divide. Bridging the racial divide is what I do every day, and my collection of poems and essays this year speaks precisely of this. A man who picked up a dying fish as he and his friend walked the seashore was asked, “Why do you do that? You cannot save all these dying fishes!” He replied, “But it made a world of difference to this one!” One heart at a time, one community a time, we can make a difference.

Read more and order: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/red-coconut-bridging-the-racial-divide

Fire destroys building owned by WPA activist Jocelyn Dow; several businesses also displaced

The remains of the three-story wooden building on Charlotte Street, Georgetown where Jocelyn Dow lived and several businesses were housed.

An early Tuesday morning (July 18, 2017) fire destroyed a decades-old building on Charlotte Street, Bourda and threatened nearby houses, causing residents to evacuate.

As a result, Jocelyn Dow’s residence and several other businesses were displaced. They include Trans Caribbean International Shipping, Anetha’s African Boutique, Target Services Pest Control, Hardwood Veneers (Guyana) Limited, and the Westmas Acupuncture Clinic.

Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle said fire fighters received a call at about 5:20 AM. “They (fire fighters) reported heavy fire conditions at the rear, upper and middle flat of the building,” he said. He said fire fighters contained the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.      Continue reading

Considerations to be fulfilled—Before we rebuild  (the prison) – By Yvonne Sam

Considerations to be fulfilled—Before we rebuild  (the prison)

By Yvonne Sam

Before any thought is given to the rebuilding (whether we should, or would it be wood) relocating (still Durban or urban), construction (destruction), or refurbishing (new face to old place) of the Camp Street Prison we should instead reconsider and redirect our attention to urgent reexamination of the entire penal system. Such a move calls for a bottom-up remodeling of the prison program, sentencing structure and definite retraining of prison personnel.

Thus far what has been the primary goal of the Camp Street prison? Has it been to rehabilitate or incapacitate?   Have any of the goal(s) been met?  Prisons were initially created and constructed as a form of physical punishment, with some penalties and sanctions regarded as utilitarian in nature with the goals of deterrence.  It is blatantly apparent that the current prison system in Guyana has not worked, serving instead as an irritant rather than a deterrent. The incarcerated have been rated as the educators, teaching the personnel all along the way.    Continue reading

GUYANA SPEAKS: CINEGUYANA – July 30, 2017 – London. England

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